Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 44
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Isaiah 44:1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
Father continues with the same thought from the last chapter. He’s telling Israel to listen up!
Jacob refers to the House of Judah; Israel refers to the House of Israel or the ten northern Tribes. This simply means that our Father is addressing ALL of His children in Israel. Not the 6th day creation of man and woman, the Gentiles, but right now just His chosen people.
It's very important to understand WHO is being addressed in any given book, chapter or selection of verses because it will cause you confusion if you take something that is for Israel and try to apply it in your life or Father gives something for the Gentiles and the Jewss try to apply it to themselves.
And this includes two very important aspects of our Father when He deals with us: blessings and judgments. You cannot take the blessings that are for Israel and apply them to the Gentiles and vice versa. That causes much confusion. One example would be the book of Solomon. Everything in that book is addressed to those who walk under the sun which is every living human being. Everybody. Jews and Gentiles.
Don’t forget that the Old Testament, although full of history and prophesy, contains many types of peoples, nations and situations that we can learn from and that information can be used in our daily lives today and on into the future.
Our Father teaches us through His interactions with other peoples and nations. What ticked Him off back then, still ticks Him off today, with this current crop of humanity. And what made Him jealous and feel hurtful back then, still applies to Him today.
Just think about that once in a while as you go through your daily routines. Ask yourself if He would approve of what you’re doing at this very moment. Can you plant a seed today without making yourself look like an idiot or a religious nut? Did you thank Him for the food that you ate for lunch?
Isaiah 44:2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
✡ Jesurun-- OT:3484 Yeshuruwn (yesh-oo-roon'); from OT:3474; upright; Jeshurun, a symbol. name for Israel:
✡ Root Word-- OT:3474 yashar (yaw-shar'); a primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively, to be (causatively, to make) right, pleasant, prosperous:
When Father uses the word Jesurun here, He’s referring to the House of Israel. And Jesurun is not a complimentary word because, as we can see above, it means to be happy and content and while Israel is in that frame of mind they forget about our Father and go out and start doing their own thing again.
And it seems that the one thing that they like to do the most is to build false idols and make up false religions. We can also read of this in the Song of Moses, that song that the overcomers will be singing after the defeat of Satan and his locust army at the close of this heaven/earth age:
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. KJV
Remember this word Rock because it will come up again here in Isaiah shortly.
Sometimes we become so blessed by our Father that we soon push Him off to the side while we spend all of our time enjoying whatever it is that He has bestowed upon us. Very dangerous behavior, because that may appear to Him as though our love didn’t really go all that deep.
We forget and neglect Him while we party on, bro. And when we raise His anger to a boiling point He may take away that which made us forget about Him to begin with and put us back to square one.
Because of our free will, it takes time to build faith between us and Him. And we build that faith through prayer, following His laws and commandments as best we can, and being steadfast about it, doing it on a daily basis, making sure that we acknowledge Him and thank Him and talk to Him every day.
Not for want of earthly possessions but because we don’t want to hurt His feelings again. Yes, that’s right, He has feelings just like we do; He gets jealous just like we do as well and that should be apparent by how He deals with Israel when they forget about Him and begin building idols again.
Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
I will pour water upon him that is thirsty. Spiritual water. A figure of speech to illustrate someone that wants to learn about our Father, wants to understand the truth, hungers for righteousness.
His truth will flood out as though a dam has burst, and if you want to take it in and capture it in your heart, He’ll give you all that you can handle. But be aware that Satan will also have a flood but his is a flood of lies and they will also spread across the entire land in these end times:
Ref: Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Ref: Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. KJV
You should also know that after He blesses you with knowledge and understanding, you must then share it with others. To those that receive much, He expects much in return.
A lot of people think that knowledge is power. If you know more than the other guy at work you probably have an edge up on him as far as incurring favor with the suits and promotions that are sure to follow.
Why would anyone hide the knowledge that they have, concerning our Father and His Letter to us, if that knowledge may keep someone from inadvertently or unknowingly slipping into Satan’s snare?
Ref: Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. KJV
Isaiah 44:4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
Thy seed are not only His children, you and I, but the children that you and I produce and when you raise them under the umbrella of our Father’s truth, they will grow luxuriously as a willow tree next to a river, having all the water it needs to really grow.
And, of course, we’re talking about our children learning and understanding our Father’s Word, and growing in it. And the school systems can stop a moment of prayer before the football game begins and, yes, I consider that a violation of our civil rights but it’s not the end of the world.
It may be a form of religious persecution, you might be suspended from school for a period of time for doing such but to get around it, just pray within your own mind. They can’t do anything about that.
When the Romans controlled Israel and Jerusalem, Christians had to be careful about talking about the bible in public because that was a violation of Roman law. And when two strangers would meet on the street and neither one of them knew if the other was a Christian or not, they would draw that fish symbol that you see on the back of cars, in the sand.
One person would draw one of the arcs and if the other was in Christ, he or she would draw the other arc. And if the other person did not draw the other arc, you simply took your foot and rubbed out the arc that you drew and no one was the wiser. No one got persecuted.
Isaiah 44:5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
✡ Israel—“The prince that prevails with God.”
The following words are associated with the Gentiles after the Holy Spirit was poured out on Jacob. The Gentiles wished to join with the children of Jacob to worship their God.
One shall say, I am the Lord's. We are all the Lord’s, bought and paid for by His death on the cross.
Another shall call himself by the name of Jacob. In order to worship our Father.
Another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord. Raise his hand and publicly pledge service to the Lord.
Therefore, we call ourselves Christ-men (and women) or Christians.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
There is only one and it is our Father.
Isaiah 44:7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Father is letting His past creations and prophesies speak for themselves, especially the prophesies given to men like Daniel and Ezekiel and Habakkuk. None of their idols can do one thing except stand there after being nailed in place. But it wasn’t the idols themselves that intrigued Israel, it was the sexual practices that came along with them.
Many of their idols were modeled after the male appendage, such as was the case with grove worshipping. They would choose a particular tree from this grove of trees, trim off all the side branches and hew it into the shape of the male appendage.
Their festivals dedicated to these idols, involved excessive drinking, dancing, gorging on food and wild orgies and in some cases, women used these hand-held, carved figures as a sexual device, satisfying themselves without men.
The subtle inclusion of these male idols is apparent even today. The Deacon Board at a small church not far from here voted overwhelmingly to place an Asherah, in the form of an obelisk, right in front of the church itself.
Although just looking at it one could not determine that it was fashioned after the male appendage but the men at this church knew exactly what it represented because they referred to it as the pastor’s phallus. That was not done in ignorance.
The root of the problem with these idols, is the traditional activities that come along with idol worship and that comes down to sexual activities. Fertility rituals and all that, which they learned from the Canaanite nations around them.
The gods of these nations intrigued Israel much more than did our Father. It was more fun to worship Baal and the multi-breasted goddess of fertility, Asherah.
The entire world seems to be obsessed with a myriad of sexual practices today. There’s even an entire country that’s known around the world for their practices of selling young girls for the purpose of rape and torture. That country is Thailand.
Some statistics that I’m about to give you are from last year, 2015:
● Of all web traffic world-wide, porn sites got 21.2 BILLION hits last year. 21.2 BILLION HITS.
● Of the top ten countries with the most page views per capita, the United States was at the top of the list with 191. This means that if the page hits were distributed among ALL the citizens in this country, and there are 7.4 Billion of us right now, each person would have visited a porn site 112 times during 2015.
I’m not saying that they DID visit these sites but just spreading the average over all the people.
● If you crunch the numbers, in the book of Numbers, from chapter 1 through chapter 26, there were approximately 603,000 Israelites among ALL twelve Tribes. That’s about the population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin or Albuquerque, New Mexico or Louisville, Kentucky.
Which means that the current population of this country is 530 times larger than the population of all twelve Tribes, at that time.
Here in Isaiah, we’ve seen one chapter after another, telling us how angry and hurt our Father is at His people for turning their backs on Him and going full bore into idol worship, in an effort to satisfy the cravings of this flesh and blood body for wanton pleasures.
Multiply His anger by a factor of 530 times and you might get a hint of the displeasure He probably has with His children in this country. You and I.
Now, throw in fake and false religions, preachers teaching the views of some church system and not of our Father; murder, rape, and drugs running rampant in this country, legalizing illicit drugs by the lawmakers; ISIS and their brutal killings and their war against our Father’s children, Christians, and on and on it goes.
What does it take to bring our Father back? It takes the end of the generation of the fig tree which, in my humble opinion, is so close we can almost smell it. Certainly this world cannot go any deeper into the cesspool than what we already are.
Can you see now why it repented our Father that He had created the human race to begin with?
Ref: Genesis 6:6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. KJV
I know that a discussion such as this would never happen in your local church nor would it be approached by the nationally televised preachers.
“Well, we just couldn’t talk about idols and sexual practices to our congregation because they’re too goody-goody and they might just take their check books and go somewhere else and give their money to someone else and we just can’t afford to let that happen. It takes a lot of money to run this organization and we need a new Gulfstream business jet to get me to my vacations.....er….business meetings.”
Even the supernatural got involved in the sexual attraction, as we discovered when we studied Genesis, chapter 6, when the fallen angels came down from their habitation to marry and have sex and produce children, with the daughters of men.
That situation almost brought about the destruction of the entire human race until our Father stepped in and destroyed those giants with the flood.
We can even go as far back as the Garden of Eden, Genesis, chapter 3, where we studied about the seduction of Eve by Satan, that sexual union there producing Cain who, as we found out later, was of the Devil:
Ref: 1st John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. KJV
Our Father put that information into the Scriptures for our knowledge, so that we can be aware of this and other things happening around us and be able to understand why it’s happening. Sure, you might have to dig into the languages of Hebrew and Greek a little bit to discover the true meaning of some of the English words, but it’s not that difficult at all if you have a Strong’s Concordance.
You don’t have to be highly educated to do the research, you just have to be motivated to do it. And most people don’t know that they CAN do the research for very little time and money. Their preachers certainly won’t tell them because it may take very little research on your part to become more familiar with the Scriptures than he is!
These preachers don’t need to worry though, people are too lazy to do their own thinking, they want someone else to do it for them and the preachers know that. That’s why it’s so darn easy to deceive the congregation. They know that nobody is going to check them out to see how much truth there is in what they’re teaching.
Some of you right now, after reading this, are probably calling me a heretic and I don’t much give a rat’s behind if they do. Check out the Scriptures and THEN tell me that I’m lying to you, deceiving you.
But they probably won’t do it, it’s far easier to CALL me a heretic than to take the time to PROVE me to be a heretic.
FATHER DOESN’T LIKE IDOL WORSHIPPING. And the sexual practices that it entails. He repeats it over and over and over again. And it’s going to get worse as the end time gets nearer. Be a watchman, be aware.
Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
If our Father doesn’t know of any other gods that are as powerful as He is, I don’t know who else could find one. He is His own witness.
Yea, there is no God. Remember that I said earlier to remember that word rock? Here is the reason why:
✡ God-- OT:6697 (tsoor); or tsur (tsoor); from OT:6696; properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous):
Spiritually, this rock IS our Father. He is steadfast and sure. He is strong and unmovable, much like when our Lord called Peter His rock:
Ref: Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. KJV
Not even the gates of hell, nor the inhabitants who live therein, can move that rock.
Why do you think that our Father named Satan the king of Tyre? Because Tyre means rock in the Hebrew tongue and Satan is also a rock but he’s the imitation rock, he’s the fake rock.
✡ Tyre-- OT:6865 Tsor (tsore); or Tsowr (tsore); the same as OT:6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Palestine: KJV - Tyre, Tyrus.
Isaiah 44:9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
Graven image are all of them vanity. This word vanity means that their idols are worthless:
✡ Vanity-- OT:8414 tohuw (to'-hoo); from an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain:
And their delectable things shall not profit:
✡ Delectable-- OT:2530 chamad (khaw-mad'); a primitive root; to delight in: KJV - beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).
This word ashamed is disappointed:
✡ Ashamed--OT:954 buwsh (boosh); a primitive root; properly, to pale, i.e. by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed:
After making these idols for hundreds of years and having to nail the things down to keep it from falling over, they still don’t speak, they don’t bless and they cannot give you eternal life. Surely, all of them cannot be that stupid.
They delighted in worshipping idols and the sexual activities that came with it.
“Hey, what’s ‘ole Ahab doing over there…is he making another idol? Good, we’ll party tonight.”
“Hey, Aaron, let’s make a golden calf this afternoon and party while your brother is up on that mountain talking to God and getting the Ten Commandments.”
In the case of Aaron, he WAS their chief priest, their religious leader, and he WAS the one that organized the collection of the gold to be melted. Even today, their religious leaders, the preachers, are probably doing it right along with everybody else.
“Hey, if the preacher says it’s ok, then it must be ok. He says that it’s ok to believe in the rapture theory and the any-moment doctrine, why should this be any different?”
Isaiah 44:10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
Who but a fool would do that?
Isaiah 44:11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.
They’re all a bunch of human beings that are making this thing and they’re all going to be disappointed when it just sits there.
Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.
As the human makes his idol he doesn’t take time to eat and he gets hungry; his arm becomes tired from beating on the metal with his hammer; he drinks no water and becomes dehydrated.
When our Father created the universe His arms didn’t get tired; He didn’t become thirsty.
Isaiah 44:13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.
Of course it remains in the house, it can’t get up and go anywhere. It’s a chunk of wood.
Mankind always has to SEE something, be able to put their hands on something. It’s difficult for some to believe in something that they cannot see. Well, the Israelites DID see our Father in the earthly body of His Son, Jesus Christ, and they STILL did not believe in Him.
What is a person to do? Some people can’t see the forest for the trees.
Isaiah 44:14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
Man can plant a seed but he cannot make it grow. He cannot make it rain to nourish it.
Isaiah 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
*** A scenario that could have happened:
“Hey Ahab, I was gathering some firewood this morning and I saw one piece that looks like it would make a really good idol. I’ll sit it off to the side and see what the carpenters think later this morning.”
Isaiah 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
*** A scenario that could have happened:
“Later that evening ‘ole Ahab made a fire with some of that wood, cooked him up a nice juicy roast and had a great meal. And, with a glass of wine, no doubt, he warmed himself by the fire as the sun went down for the night.”
Isaiah 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
*** A scenario that could have happened:
“And with what was left he fashioned a god and fell down and worshipped it and prayed to it.”
Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
They have not known nor understood. They’re not able to take note of things. They’re just a little bit stupid.
✡ Understood-- OT:995 biyn (bene); a primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand:
Why? Because they won’t try. And there are times when you might just go too far. You might just wrap yourself up in all this mess to the point that our Father will send you delusion. Do you not believe that? Then read this:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV
Didn’t think that He’d do that, did you? If you want to believe a lie He’ll send you one. If you want to sit in that church every Sunday morning and listen to that dribble, with all the soft words and pleasant smiles, not hearing one thing that might save your soul if you happen to be walking around when our Lord returns, He’ll close your eyes and ears to ALL truth.
“Well, that sure doesn’t sound like a loving God to me.”
It would, if you understood that He’s protecting you by doing that, that you’ll understand the entire truth during the Millennium. Sure, you’ll believe that the fake messiah, Satan/Antichrist, is the true Christ, but it will have none effect on your soul, because Father put you in that spiritual condition. Why? Because He loves you.
And, hopefully, during the Millennium, when there are no lies, no distortion of the truth, no deception by false preachers, hopefully, these souls will see the truth and overcome Satan at the end of that 1000 years.
But, right now, these people can’t tell the difference between fact or fiction.
Isaiah 44:19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
None of them can understand the foolishness of what they’ve done: took some wood, burned part of it in a fire, made some coals and roasted some lamb, AND THEN took what was left, made an idol out of it and fell down and worshipped it!
Father goes on to say that do you expect HIM to fall down and worship a tree?
Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
They can’t say: have I worshipped a fraud here? While he holds a stick in his hand.
Isaiah 44:21 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
Regardless, they are His creation and He’s not going to forget about them.
Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Redeemed means that our Lord paid the price on the cross. Not just for these people but for ALL people that would believe on Him. Saved us from spiritual destruction.
When you ask for forgiveness of your sins, your transgressions, they are blotted out of the Book of Life, as though they were never there in the first place. Like a cloud covers up the sun.
Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Rejoice for Jerusalem has been restored. There’s nothing wrong with trees. In fact, our Father likened Himself to a great cedar tree of Lebanon whose branches never die when winter comes.
Trees are ok, just don’t worship them.
Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
Thy redeemer is your Kinsman-Redeemer.
He needed no help when He formed you in your momma’s womb; didn’t need any help when He created the heavens and the sky; and He did the earth all by Himself as well. No false idol could do such things.
Isaiah 44:25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
✡ Tokens-- OT:226 'owth (oth); probably from OT:225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:
He’s talking about preachers here. They think that they know so much, He likes to stir them up a little bit every once in a while.
Isaiah 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
In history, it was all wasted during the Babylonian captivity.
Isaiah 44:27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
If He wants to do that all He has to do is say it.
Isaiah 44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. KJV
Cyrus was a Gentile, not even an Israelite and Father named him 130 years before he was even born. And this is what Father intends for him to do.
Ezra chapter 1:1-2 speaks of the rebuilding of Jerusalem:
Ref: Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Ref: Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. KJV
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—16 September 2016—